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Argus FMB Africa Fertilizer 2017

Conference Agenda*

*This agenda is subject to change

Wednesday, 15 February
09:00 - 18.00 Registration and Exhibition Opens
13.30 - 15.30 IFA Africa Forum (by invitation only)
15.30 - 16.30

Newcomers' Speed Networking

For first-time attendees or anyone who is looking to meet new contacts at the conference, this session is designed to maximise your time and encourages you to meet many potential partners, suppliers or clients in one hour.

You will have 2 minutes to introduce yourself and your business to each person before a bell will ring and you move on to meet someone new - bring plenty of business cards!

17.00 - 18.00 Interactive Round Table Discussions 

Hear and share experiences from across the fertilizer supply chain with fellow attendees during focussed discussions in an interactive setting. 

1) Nitrogen Markets – New Projects and Impact on Trade Flows
Alice Charlton, Senior Analyst, Consulting, Argus

2) Nigerian Fertilizer Projects and Investment Opportunities
Gideon Negedu, Executive Secretary, FEPSAN

3) Phosphate Supply Dynamics within Africa 
Aida Idrissi, Senior Manager Phosphates, Consulting, Argus

4) West Africa Market Developments
Rob Groot, Director North & West Africa, IFDC

5) Africa NPK Supply and Demand Trends 
Mounir Halim, Business Development Manager, Argus

6) Promoting an Enabling Environment for SMEs in the Fertilizer Supply Chain
Daniel Gad, Owner, Omega Farms

8) Why Micronutrients are Important in Fertilizers
Rob White, Regional Director, International Zinc Association

9) The Role of Public Private Partnerships in Improving Access to Fertilizers
Adam Mostert, Chairman, East and Southern Africa Fertilizer Trade Platform (ESAF)

10) African Fertilizer Financing Mechanism: Recent Developments and Opportunities
Benedict Kanu, Lead Agriculture Expert, Agriculture & Agro-Industry Dept. African Development Bank

18.00
Opening Cocktail Party 

Thursday, 16 February
 08.30 Registration and Exhibition Opens
 09.00 

Chairperson’s Welcome Remarks

Frances Wollmer, Principal, Fertilizer Consulting, Argus 
 09.05  Ministerial Welcome

Mr Senzeni Zokwana, Minister of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries of the Republic of South Africa
 GOVERNMENT POLICY, PRIVATE ENTERPRISE AND COLLABORATIVE APPROACHES
09.10 Opening Address

Dr Jennifer Blanke, Vice-President Agriculture, Human and Social Development, African Development Bank
09.30 Keynote Presentation

Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki
, CEO, NEPAD
09.50 The Vision of OCP Africa 

Karim Lofti Senhadji
, CEO, OCP Africa 

REGIONAL MARKET OUTLOOKS AND EVOLVING SUPPLY AND DEMAND DYNAMICS

 10.10  Sub-Saharan Africa Market Outlook for 2017
  • Demand update across sub-Saharan Africa
  • The impact of key policy developments
  • Evolution of Africa fertilizer supply/demand balance
Patrick Heffer, Senior Director, Agriculture Service, IFA
 10.30  Break
 11.00 N, P and K Capacity Developments in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Global trade flows and current production output
  • A cross-nutrient overview of production capacity additions
  • Reasons for oversupply and impact on prices
Frances Wollmer, Principal, Fertilizer Consulting, Argus 
 11.20 The African Fertilizer Access Index: Towards the Establishment of Competitive Fertilizer Value Chains for Smallholder Farmers
  • A new AFAP initiative to support the establishment of an enabling environment for fertilizer in order to boost fertilizer use by smallholder farmers
  • Strengthening understanding of the key components of harmonized fertilizer policies and regulations for the region
  • Disseminating comprehensive knowledge of the status of fertilizer policies and regulations in the target countries
Maria Wanzala, Regional Director, East and Southern Africa, AFAP
 11.50 Regional Snapshots from Across Africa – West, East and Southern Africa
  • Overview of the agricultural profile and nutrient requirements in key markets
  • Recent investments and fertilizer production and blending operations
  • Policy and government initiatives
Introduced by: Adam Mostert, CEO, FERTASA
Ousmane Sidibe
, CEO, Sogefert
Grace Chilande, Fertilizer Market Specialist, IFDC
Brian Wade, Innovation Director, Koch Agronomic Services
 12.30 Ma’aden Grows with Africa

Anas Albassam, Phosphate and Ammonia Sales Manager,  Ma’aden

 12.40  Lunch 

FINANCIAL AND PRACTICAL CONSTRAINTS IN FERTILIZER DISTRIBUTION

 13.50  Panel Discussion: Farmer and Agridealer Perspectives on Fertilizer Distribution and Use
  • Fertilizer use in the context of broader farming considerations – seed quality, irrigation facilities and extension services
  • Improving accessibility, affordability of fertilizers for farmers
  • Delivering training to improve understanding of balanced fertilization
  • Optimizing knowledge of specific crop and soil requirements 
  • The evolving role of the hub agridealer as a key link in the supply chain
Moderator: Jason Scarpone, CEO and President, AFAP
Panellists include:
Daniel Gad, Owner, Omega Farms
Dinnah Kapiza
, Owner and Managing Director, Tisaiwale Trading
Nike Tinubu, Managing Director, Eagleson Cassava
Mark Tindle,
Managing Director (Zambia), Omnia Fertilizers
 14.30 Panel Discussion: Boosting Fertilizer Consumption with Accessible Financial Platforms and Innovative Solutions 
  • Leveraging private and public sector initiatives to unlock the potential of SMEs across the agricultural sector
  • Collaborative initiatives to offer access to credit for smallholder farmers
  • The role of trade finance and risk management tools at local level
Moderator: Jason Scarpone, CEO and President, AFAP
Panellists include:
Kalim M. Shah, Chief Investment Officer, Downstream Oil & Gas, Sub-Saharan Africa, IFC
Julia Franklin, Global Sourcing Director, One Acre Fund
Benedict Kanu, Lead Agriculture Expert, Agriculture & Agro-Industry Dept. African Development Bank
 15.10  Break
 REGIONAL SNAPSHOTS: FERTILIZER SUPPLY, DEMAND AND POLICY DEVELOPMENTS
 15.50 Lessons from Tanzania: Empowering and Equipping Smallholder Farmers with Resources and Training to Succeed
Andrew Msolla
, Board Chairman, Tanzania Fertilizer Regulatory Authority (TFRA)
 16.10 Implementing Meaningful Partnerships and Dialogue to Improve Availability and Accessibility of Fertilizers in Mozambique
Carlos Zandamela
, President, The Mozambique National Fertilizer Platform and AMOFERT
 16.30 Developments in the Fertilizer Markets in Zimbabwe 
Misheck Samson Kachere, Chief  Executive  Officer, Chemplex Corporation
 16.50  Speaker Q&A
 17.00

Chairperson’s Closing Remarks
Jason Scarpone, CEO and President, AFAP

19.00 Gala Dinner sponsored by OCP Africa

Friday, 17 February
08.40 Registration and Exhibition Stands Open
09.20 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks
Jan Vermaak,
Managing Director, International & Business Development, Omnia Fertilizer
 INNOVATIONS IN THE PRODUCTION AND APPLICATION OF BALANCED FERTILIZATION
09.30 Integrating Research and Promotion for Balanced Fertilization in East Africa
Lilian Wanjiru Mbuthia, Senior Agronomist, Eastern Africa, ICL Fertilizers
09.50 Investing in Innovation and Technical Expertise in Africa
Manuel Goepfrich, Market Development Director, Yara Africa
10.10  The Importance of Soil-Mapping and the Commercial Benefits of Balanced Fertilization
  • Soil-mapping initiatives at national and regional level
  • Communicating the importance of balanced fertilization
  • The potential for further specialty fertilizer use 
Nassirou Ba, Agricultural Economist, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
10.30 Speaker Q&A
10.50 Break
 INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORTATION CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
 11.20 Logistical Considerations and Supply Chain Developments  
  • An update on road and rail developments
  • Overcoming transportation constraints to build a robust supply network
  • Bulk vs. bagged fertilizer distribution
Ashish Lakhotia, CEO, Fertilizer & Agri Inputs, ETG
 11.40 Developments in Trade Corridors, Regional Collaboration and Agricultural Clusters
  • Update on developments of key trade corridors and impact on the market
  • Assessing the costs and risks including border procedures and bottlenecks
  • Government initiatives and public and private sector collaboration
  • Linking investment and innovation to develop robust supply networks of fertilizers and seeds for smallholder farmers
Panellists include:
Argent Chuula, CEO - ACTESA, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
Emerson Zhou, CEO, Beira Agricultural Growth Corridor
Sean de Cleene,
Chief of Strategy and Partnerships, AGRA
 12.20 Realizing Major fertilizer Projects in Africa
Henrik Surrow Larsen, Head of Sales, Ferrostaal Topsoe Projects
 12.40 Chairperson’s Closing Remarks
Jan Vermaak, Managing Director, International & Business Development, Omnia Fertilizer
 12.50  Lunch 
 14.00  Wine Tasting Tour
Join us for a free wine tasting tour and enjoy the best that the Cape Winelands have to offer with their colonial architecture and award winning wine. The tour is free to attend but places are limited. Delegates will be given the option to participate once bookings are confirmed.


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For more information on the programme or speaking opportunities at Argus FMB Africa Fertilizer 2017 conference, please contact Melissa Wong on:

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Principal Sponsor

OCP Africa

Diamond Sponsor


Sabic

Gold Sponsor

Ma'aden

Fertilizer Manual Sponsor

ICL Fertilizers

Polysulphate

Opening Cocktail Party

Omnia

Innofert

Lunch Sponsor

Transcom

Silver Sponsors

Borealis

LAT Borealis

Evergrow

Haldor Topsoe

Tessenderlo

Bronze Sponsors

ETG Agri Inputs

Lushbury

HBC


Supporting Partners

IFA

AfricaFertilizer.org

IFDC

One Acre Fund

FertASA

afap

AgriLeaders

ANFFEE

Official Magazine

Fertilizer Focus

Media Partner

Harvest SA